Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

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Happy Saturday ya’ll!

Hope your weekend is off to a great start. Mine sure is. :) The Wild won last night, I took a walk in the glorious sunshine this morning, did a little shopping, and tonight I’ve got a bachelorette party for one of my high school friends. And then tomorrow of course, is Mother’s Day.

I know a lot of people say this, but it’s true for me. My mom is one of my all-time best friends. Sure there were times in middle school and early high school where we didn’t get along quite as well. I of course thought she was too strict (but now am grateful she was!). And I’m sure I wasn’t always the sweetest child, especially during those pre-teen years. Since college however, we’ve become closer and closer as the years go on. There aren’t a lot of days that go by without talking to my mom (just ask the fiancé!), and on the days I don’t I often think of her and wonder how her day is going. We talk about everything (well, almost everything) and I can truly go to her whenever I need advice, a hug, or a good belly laugh. And now that my dad has passed, I cherish that I still have one parent alive, and can promise you I will not take that for granted.

So, happy mother’s day moms (and mamma’s to be!). You deserve as great of a day as you are a mother!

With that, today I’d like to share with you a recipe for my new favorite smoothie. It’s super simple, super delicious, and super healthy! With the addition of cocoa nibs, it even gives me the excuse to eat chocolate in the morning (and not feel guilty about it!). Not to mention, it’s got loads of protein (with the Greek yogurt and almond butter) and fiber (with the banana, chia seeds, and cocoa nibs). Perfection, in a glass!

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup organic Greek yogurt or Kefir

1 banana (frozen preferably)

2 TBSP almond butter (or peanut butter)

1 TBSP cocoa nibs

1 TBSP chia seeds

1 tsp honey or agave (optional)

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients in blender or bullet and blend until smooth.

Notes:

This will be a THICK smoothie. If you prefer a thinner smoothie, consider using Kefir or adding a few extra ice cubes.

If using an unfrozen banana, consider adding a few ice cubes before blending to make sure it’s cold enough.

If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add honey or agave until desired sweetness.

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Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please!

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1
 
Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie. Healthy and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana (frozen preferably)
  • 2 TBSP almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1 TBSP cocoa nibs
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 tsp honey or agave (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender or bullet and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!


Real Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana (and Spinach!) Smoothie

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So, I’m on a smoothie kick. Not sure where the phrase “on a kick” came from, or what it was to suppose to entail originally, but all I know is that we have been making quite a few smoothies lately.

I’ve been pre-making smoothies so I can grab-and-go in the morning. Smartest. Idea. Ever! Especially being I am a) not much of a morning person b) like my sleep (A LOT!) and c) have to be to work wayyyy too early for my liking. Thus, I wake up at the last possible minute and rush around in order to make it to work on time. The extra sleep is worth it. And maybe I enjoy the rush of “Am I going to make it on time?!”. Who knows. What I do know is that most days, I’m making toast or eating my cereal (or yogurt and granola) at work. Not terrible, but not ideal either.

But now if I make my breakfast the night before, I can grab my delicious smoothie as I head out the door. Much more nutritious than toast, that’s for sure!

This recipe is truly a “green” smoothie, and not overly sweet (just how I like it!). Here’s to another clean green smoothie!

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Peanut Butter Banana (and Spinach!) Smoothie

Serves 2-4
Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
A delicious, healthy peanut butter, banana, and spinach smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups spinach (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Note

Can use whichever type of milk you prefer (cow, goat, almond, etc.)

If vegan, omit yogurt and increase orange juice and non-dairy milk. Can also add protein powder.

Store leftovers in fridge or freezer.

Directions

Step 1
Pour in milk and yogurt.
Step 2
Add banana, peanut butter, and honey.
Step 3
Top with spinach and splash over the top with orange juice.
Step 4
Blend on low to start, stopping to push down ingredients if needed.
Step 5
Pulse on high until completely blended.
Step 6
Enjoy!

Real Recipe: Kale Berry Banana Smoothie!

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I’ve been wanting to make my own “green” smoothie for awhile now. First step was lining up a blender (thanks momma!). I told my mom when the bf and I do get married, there is no need for her to buy us a wedding gift. She has given us a brand-new-never-been-used blender, rice cooker, and crock pot. Seriously, we are set!

Being the bf was away for a boys’ night, I decided this morning would be the perfect excuse to make a delicious green smoothie (he hasn’t expressed much interest, although perhaps one day that will change!).

I’ve made plenty of smoothies in my life, usually of the peanut-butter-banana or mixed berry type. The basics were there, just had to kick it up a notch with some leafy greens.

Lots of different ways to make a “green” smoothie (or any smoothie for that matter). I am already a big fan of leafy greens (especially kale and spinach) so I wasn’t worried about what it might taste like. However, if you are not the biggest fan of kale or spinach, don’t worry, the sweet of the fruit cuts the veggie taste. It’s actually a great way to start incorporating them into your diet!

First step: Line up your ingredients! I used Lacinato Kale (it’s a flat leafed variety), but another variety of kale (or even spinach!) will work. About 2 cups. And the fruit. One banana and about 3/4 cup frozen berries (fresh work too!).

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Now for the “liquid” ingredients. I used almond milk, although you could use whichever type of milk you prefer (cow, sheep, goat’s). Almond milk is a great source of calcium, but pretty low in protein compared to animal milk. Thus, I added some Greek yogurt to bulk up the smoothie, and increase the protein value. And then some orange juice. Definitely optional, but I like the added calcium, and sweetness!

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Now it’s time to make your smoothie! Pour milk in first. Add in kale, banana, and berries. Top with yogurt. Splash over the top with orange juice. I also added about a half a tablespoon of honey.

Blend on low at first. If needed, take top off and push down any ingredients not blending (while the blender is off of course!). Then blend on high until smooth. I’m not a huge fan of ice as I prefer a thicker smoothie, but you can certainly add ice to the mixture. Just be sure to blend completely so there are no ice chunks.

Pour into glasses, and enjoy! Extra can be stored in the fridge for a few days or put into the freezer. Don’t be alarmed if the smoothie has a bit of a brown color, it’s only because of the berries and kale mixing together.

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Healthy, clean, and delicious! Not bad for a first green smoothie experience. Maybe next time I’ll add a little peanut butter, and use spinach. Variety is the spice of life people!

Kale Berry Banana Smoothie

Serves 2-4
Prep time 5 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage, Breakfast
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale (roughly chopped)
  • 3/4 cups mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Note

Can be made vegan by substituting orange juice for milk and omitting yogurt.

Can add ice if prefer thinner smoothie.

Directions

Step 1
Pour milk into blender.
Step 2
Add kale, berries, and banana.
Step 3
Top with yogurt. Splash with orange juice.
Step 4
Pour honey over top.
Step 5
Blend on low to start. Stop blender and push down ingredients if need be.
Step 6
Blend on high until smooth.
Step 7
Pour into glasses and enjoy!